Mr. Man K., 42, and his wife, Mrs. Zi Mat, 38, live along national road number six, about twenty kilometers from Phnom Penh. They were married in 1987 and have five children; two sons and three daughters. Two of their children are silk weavers, their other two children study in the local school, and the youngest one stays at home.
Mr. Man has been fishing since 1985. He fishes in the Mekong river and sells the fish in the local market. His wife has been weaving silk for two years. It is a skill she learned from her mother. She was hired by villagers to weave silk to get extra income. Man is requesting a loan to repair fishing materials.
MAXIMA Mikroheranhvatho is a Cambodian microfinance institution founded in 2000 to help low-income rural and urban people and small- to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) access financial services. Sustainable access to credit helps to create jobs and enables business owners improve their living conditions, educate their children, provide health care to their families, and more. It also enables the rural poor to remain at home with their families, rather than moving to city centers in search of employment.